beautiful big sur

Sometime around the end of March we left the Santa Barbara area and headed north towards the Ananda Village. We weren’t in a big hurry, because the weather, unbelievably, was still pretty cold.  So we traveled along the coast and stopped to camp for a week in Big Sur, the strip of coast between San Luis Obispo and Monterey, CA.

Wow, I don’t think I have ever seen ocean as beautiful as this.   It was a magical place, like a strip of land lost in time.  For a place so gorgeous it was hardly developed; a library, a few resorts and restaurants, but still had a feeling of being largely untouched. I imagine the slow going, almost treacherous terrain is to thank for preserving Big Sur’s beauty.  On one side of Highway 1 is a steep, rocky coast, on the other are rough roads heading up into the Santa Lucia Mountains.  In fact, we had to leave Big Sur on one of these roads because the wet winter had caused part of Highway 1 to fall off the side of the cliff, leaving it impassable.

We will definitely come back to explore more.  The amazing coastline, the impressive redwoods, and the untouched wilderness are truely one of a kind. I would love to check out the Esalen Institute and soak in their hot springs on a seaside cliff, wow! Only, it looks like I either need a few hundred dollars, or be willing to soak in the middle of the night. Maybe instead I’ll close my eyes and visualize the big sur coast in my bathtub, oh darn, I don’t have a bathtub, oh well!

This was the view from our campsite.

What can I say, the kids weren’t in the mood to have their picture taken.

 

 

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~ by beautifulgreenlife on August 31, 2011.

One Response to “beautiful big sur”

  1. Thanks for the Big Sur info! I’ve been looking into Big Sur resorts and Post Ranch Inn is my favorite so far — the views seem amazing.

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